Who Should I Vote For?

Do you feel confused about who to vote for? As a Christian who cares deeply about the sanctity of life, feel free to use the attached document  from the Priests for Life website, www.politicalresponsibility. com. This document compares the 2016 platforms of the two major political parties. It may help you decide where to place your most important vote.                                                                                     

Get on the Bus!

Just a reminder that St. Clair County Right to Life is sponsoring a bus to the annual March for Life in Washington, D. C. Although the bus in not yet filled, and there is no snow on the ground, before you know it, both will be true. This trip includes 2 nights lodging in Washington and a meal on the night of arrival. If you and your group plan to attend the March for Life, use the attached materials and make your reservations this month.  Click here to download registration flyer.

St. Clair County Right to Life Banquet

The annual St. Clair County Right to Life Banquet will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6:30pm at the McGivney Banquet Center on the corner of Range and Ravenswood Roads in Kimball Twp. MI. This year’s keynote speaker will be Edward L. Rivet II. Ed is the Legislative Director for Right to Life of Michigan, serving as the liaison between Right to Life and Michigan’s state government. In this critical election year, Ed will deliver the message we all need to hear.  To make a reservation, contact us at:

4348 Pine Grove Ave
Fort Gratiot, MI 48059                                                            edrivet2012
(810) 334-0154

Primary Voting August 2nd

Voters in the State of Michigan will be voting on August 2nd, to narrow the list of candidates running for office to be voted on in November. If you plan to vote for pro-life candidates but don’t know who all of them are, you can go to www.rtl.org and print out your own personalized list of prolife candidates to take with you to the polls.

March for Life Bus Info

St. Clair County Right to Life will be sending a bus to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. this winter.  Click on the link, “BusFlyer.full” to bring up all the information for your group. Hope you will be joining us.

Bus Flyer.full

An example for the nation

For years, a terrible scandal about children conceived in rape was that parental rights laws did not consider situations when the conception was not consensual. That meant the rapist could request, and receive, full parental rights if the child was brought to term. At times this was used by rapists and their lawyers to pressure women bringing charges to abort their children, by threatening to file for parental rights, thus keeping the rapist in the woman’s life through the child.

This injustice was rectified by the Michigan Legislature recently. House Bill 4481 and Senate Bill 629 were passed and reconciled, and sent to Governor Snyder to be signed into law on May 3rd, 2016. Under this law, women can have the parental rights of rapists terminated using much more reasonable criteria. This will remove this lever that has been used to pressure women, and enable them to escape further difficulties in an already difficult situation.

Further details about the bill can be found on Right to Life of Michigan’s website here.

Area legislators Rep Andrea LaFontaine, Rep Dan Lauwers, and Sen Phil Pavlov voted for the bill. Rep Muxlow supported the bill but was unable to vote for it being disabled by a serious accident at the time the vote was taken in the House. We thank all our area legislators for their staunch pro-life support. It is our hope that Michigan’s new law will prove an example for other states to implement.

March for Life 2017 details almost finalized!

It may seem early, but we’re already making plans for next January. St. Clair County Right to Life will be sponsoring a bus to go from the Blue Water Area to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life on January 27th, 2017. We have a bus lined up and hotel rooms reserved. Full details can be found on our event page here, and though it might seem a bit early, we’re taking registrations for any who want to secure their spot.

If you want to publicize the trip, here is a link to a flyer you can download and print.

Get on the bus for Washington, D.C.!

Legislator Interview – Sen. Phil Pavlov

State Sen. Phil Pavlov at his July 29 town hall meeting. (Photo by JIM BLOCH)
State Sen. Phil Pavlov at his July 29 town hall meeting. (Photo by JIM BLOCH)

We interviewed Sen. Phil Pavlov from the 25th Senate district, which covers all of St. Clair County.

SCCRTL: Have you seen much pro-life activity in the Senate this past year?

Sen. Pavlov: Two very important bills that I sponsored are bills that banned the sale of fetal tissue and fetal body parts. We’ve had our first committee hearing on those, they were voted out and await full consideration on the Senate floor. We’re pushing for a hearing date before Easter break.

SCCRTL: When the Center for Medical Progress released their undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling fetal body parts for profit, you were swift to speak out against the practice. Why was that?

Pavlov: Because I thought it was the most disturbing thing I’ve ever seen on film. We had suspected this had been going on for a number of years, but now we were seeing it for the first time. So not only did we move to ban the sale of any kind of tissue through legislation, we also pressed the department of licensing and regulation to do a complete accounting of these Planned Parenthood clinics to make sure this isn’t happening in Michigan. We got back some information, but we’re not done, and we’re going to continue to press on this.

SCCRTL: Speaking from your years of experience in the House and Senate, what would you say is the biggest obstacle to the passage and implementation of pro-life laws at the state level?

Pavlov: Sometimes politics gets involved. When I was back in the House, we had a pro-life majority that consisted of both Republicans and Democrats, and we worked together on things like the partial birth abortion ban. Looking forward, this governor has not been dialed in on some of these social issues, which has been a little disappointing. But the politics changes. Right now in the Senate, the issue is split down party lines. This issue has divided our country, and we need to engage the grass roots to move support to more a pro-life stand.

SCCRTL: What are your plans for the future?

Pavlov: I’m in the middle of a very competitive run for Congress to replace Rep. Candice Miller, who is retiring. We’re gaining a lot of momentum throughout the district, and my hope is that we can take this fight for the unborn to Washington.

SCCRTL: Do you have anything to say to your pro-life constituents?

Pavlov: Stay engaged. One of the things that helps us is the tailwind, knowing that pro-life voters are engaged. I’ve seen a big swell in the youth, which is good. I just did an event up in Bad Axe, and there were maybe 40 youth there. We need to get these young people voting.

It is critical to have people contacting our office to express support. Hearing from home and knowing that we have that support strengthens our vote here in Lansing. Everybody has a cell phone, everyone has a social media account – engage your friends in this, and let’s move that support.

Sen. Pavlov’s office can be reached at (517) 373-7708, or e-mail at http://www.senatorphilpavlov.com

Legislator Interview – Rep. Dan Lauwers

Dan Lauwers, the state representative from the 81st District, which includes Marysville, St. Clair, Marine City and Algonac, voted for Senate Bill 288, which made wolves a game animal in Michigan. (Photo courtesy of District 81 State Rep. Office)
We were happy to speak with Rep. Dan Lauwers, who represents the 81st House District, townships in the west of St. Clair County as well as along the St. Clair River.

SCCRTL: Have you seen much pro-life activity in the Legislature this past year?

Rep. Lauwers: Yes and no. We have several bills that have been introduced, a few of which have been passed. Rep. Cox’s bill on dismemberment abortions and Rep. Amanda Price’s bill on coercion, and Rep. Hooker’s bill prohibiting state funds for abortions. There was a package that dealt with life issues, including one that eliminated the parental rights of an aggressor in a sexual assault cases. But though we’ve seen some activity, I don’t think we’ve done a lot.

One thing which was more a matter of legislative oversight was that we heard the governor’s office was intending to divert some funding to Planned Parenthood, against the legislature’s intentions. We raised a stink about that and put an end to it. That wasn’t so much a matter of passing a bill as exerting pressure between the branches of government.

SCCRTL: This year has seen a surge of interest and attention toward the “hard cases”. Do you think this has helped increase sensitivity to the human factor in these cases?

Rep. Lauwers: I think so. Putting a human face on the issue helps destroy the myth that there are very few people that are ever born from this. Nothing drives it home like having a person stand in front of you and share their story about how they may have been conceived in a violent manner, but does that make them any less a person deserving of life? I think the more of that we can do, the better.

SCCRTL: What do you see as the biggest obstacle to the passage and implementation of pro-life laws?

Rep. Lauwers: I think the problem is not so much the legislature as it is the population. Our population has grown further and further from God. That creates apathy, that lack of acknowledgment of where all this prosperity comes from. I see fair support in the legislature for getting these things done, but if people took more of an active role in supporting pro-life initiatives, more would happen.

SCCRTL: Will you be running for re-election this autumn?

Rep. Lauwers: Yes. This would be my last term in the 81st district.

SCCRTL: Do you have anything to say to your pro-life constituents?

Rep. Lauwers: Be the example. If we live the example of people who put relationships above all else, and acknowledge God for His role in providing for us, just in the way we live our lives, I think we can win more people over by living and raising our children to be the example than by anything else.

Rep. Lauwers can be reached at (517) 373-1790, or danlauwers@house.mi.gov